Tax: Corporate Tax
Ranking: Band 1
Highly regarded tax junior with a broad-based corporate tax practice. He acts with a leader on many significant instructions and also leads his own cases, often appearing against silks. He represents both the Revenue and the taxpayer.
“Very quick-witted.” “Very good with clients.” (2019)
. . . “A great junior. Very commercial, adept at building client relationships and technically sound.” “Helpful, approachable, enthusiastic and intellectually very strong.” (2018)
Highly regarded tax junior with a broad-based corporate tax practice. He acts with a leader on many significant instructions and also leads his own cases, often appearing against silks.”He has been extraordinary in terms of his kindness and patience. He also had a complete understanding of all aspects of the case.” (2017)
Tax: Private Client
Ranking: Band 1
Regarded by sources as a personable and impressive advocate who is in high demand. Rivett has particular expertise in the often arcane world of variation of trust, and he is also an expert in heritage property matters for landed estates.
“We love working with him – he is superb in person and verbally. If you want someone quick and to the point he is amazing; he has a very, very fast brain.” (2019)
. . . “There doesn’t seem to be any aspect of tax that James Rivett hasn’t mastered. One always feels he is very much on your side in trying to find a solution without taking silly risks, but he doesn’t shirk the difficult message.” “He really knows what he is doing. He can translate sophisticated legal issues to the layman.” (2018)
An impressive personal tax junior, he advises HMRC and private client firms on tax issues, including innovative trusts techniques. He represents landed estates on BPR, APR and IHT matters. “I would swear by him. He can master the most arcane areas of tax law and create a road map of how you get from A to B. He is particularly good with non-domicile clients.” “We really appreciate how nimble he is. He takes it all in his stride. He’s really fantastic.” (2017)
Tax: Indirect Tax
Ranking: Band 3
Has a growing indirect tax practice with a particular expertise in VAT, often appearing before the Upper Tribunal. He frequently acts as sole counsel or as a leader in tough cases.
“Hugely clever and a brilliant advocate.” “Very bright and very engaging.” (2019)
. . . “His preparation, legal analysis and court room manner as well as his general client-facing skills are exceptional.” “He is a very persuasive speaker.” (2018)
Has a growing indirect tax practice with a particular expertise in VAT, often appearing before the Upper Tribunal. He attracts high praise from market commentators for his intelligence and litigation skills. “He is very bright.” “He is an excellent litigator.” (2017)
Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/Tax Experts
Ranking: Band 1
Noteworthy junior counsel who acts in contentious financial remedy cases involving complex foreign trusts with accompanying tax issues.
“Hugely clever and a brilliant advocate.” “Very quick-witted, with real charm and agility.” (2019)